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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (20 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333963873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333963876
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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KEITH GRINT is Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre at Lancaster Management School, UK.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. van Geene on 1 Nov. 2007
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Grint (leadership studies, Lancaster Management School, UK) explores why it is that nobody seems to agree about the definition of leadership, and its characteristics. He argues that there are at least four aspects to varieties of leadership definition (leadership as Person, Result, Process and Position). Each of these aspects is then examined with great precision and using great and unusual examples, many of which illuminate aspects of leadership the reader will enjoy. We have used this book in a MSc distance learning course (University of Birmingham) and I thoroughly enjoyed it because of its unusual perspectives on leadership with a strong theoretical foundation and great examples. It may not be the typical leadership pep-talk of a DIY manual for CEOs but it raises many important questions that few other textbooks on this issue address.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which was chosen by the University of Birmingham for their MPA program, for two reasons: a very good theoretical perspective on leadership and interesting examples. From the beginning, Grint identifies a clear analysis framework for leadership along four dimensions: person, result, position, and process. Theoretically, it's an interesting attempt to apply ANT (Action-Network Theory) to analysis of leadership (althogh this application is not systematic across all dimensions). The examples are refreshing, yammy: from King Lear and Dr. Strangelove to the Battle of Normandy, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the US civil rights movement. Ater so many leadership 'manuals' with their endless recommendations on how to lead (principle-centered leadership, excellency, blah-blah-blah), this is a book that stimulates thinking about the essense of leadership, raising questions rather than supplying ready answers.
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By ABS on 14 April 2014
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Firstly if you must buy this book save your money and buy his 'very short introduction' version as you get the same message without the padding and meandering nonsense.

I have read umpteen books on leadership and this has to be up their with the most frustrating. It is very academic, which I personally prefer, has no 'how I saved the world stories' again which I prefer but is just, well, dull.

Maybe it is just too philosophical for me, a point I am happy to concede, but it did not add anything to be understanding of the 'essentially contested concept' of leadership.
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By tam436 on 2 July 2013
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Fantastic book to have. Used it loads in my practice nursing degree, especially the management & leadership module. Would defiantly recommend this to others
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By Amazon Customer on 31 Aug. 2014
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Really good book. Was helpful in my dissertation.
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